National Park City Front Gardens

Welcome to Front Gardens

National Park City is a movement to make cities greener, healthier and wilder. As most people's nearest local green space, front gardens have a vital role in this.

#WhatIf we all brought life back to our streets?

We've teamed up with the Ealing Front Gardens Project who have tracked the loss of front gardens to hard surfacing, often to park a vehicle, and the effects this has on streetscapes.

Here you can find out about the multi-purpose role of front gardens, learn from the experience of the Ealing Front Garden Project, and get tips and inspiration for keeping front gardens intact and bringing life into your street.

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Heatwave Health Alert: don’t re-pave, de-pave!

Paved-over front gardens make houses even hotter in heatwaves. That’s because the surface absorbs heat during the day and releases it at night, and there are no plants to provide shade and cooling (via evapotranspiration).

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It’s not just flooding!

It’s great to see the London Fire Brigade highlighting how paved front garden contribute to flooding, at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. But paving causes lots of other problems as well and makes the impacts of climate change worse.

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We need hedges! But what sort?

Hedges make urban life better in many ways. But many are being torn out as front gardens are lost to parking. Christine Eborall finds out why hedges should not be overlooked and points to the right type of hedge for you.

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Transformation in Twickenham

Lockdown walks made Nancy realise how many of the front gardens in her Twickenham neighbourhood were dreary and depressing. So she decided to do something about hers.

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Bees need front gardens!

Bees, butterflies, moths, flies, wasps and beetles – the many pollinating insects – are vital for our gardens to grow.

They also more than help to produce food worldwide. But urbanisation and intensive farming are causing dramatic declines in pollinator numbers.

The good news is that our humble gardens, including front gardens, are a real help in counteracting this by being brilliant feeding stations for bees and other pollinating insects.

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Front Gardens on the Frontline

Will good government policies for cleaner cars have unintended consequences and lead to the loss of more front gardens? Christine Eborall of the Ealing Front Gardens Project explores.


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Britain’s Vanishing Front Gardens: Are We Letting the Most Local Of All Green Spaces Disappear?

When people talk about how green their area is, they often mention parks and green spaces but not domestic front gardens, even though these can make up more of an area’s green space than parks.

Christine Eborall and Paul de Zylva explore the consequences of Britain’s disappearing front gardens and offer some creative ways to keep them and their multi-purpose role intact.

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Save unloved gardens with garden-sharing

Gardening boosts our health and well-being but what if you can’t garden or don’t have one? Lend and Tend are here to help.

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A New Threat - Electric Vehicles

We think electric vehicles will cause even more front gardens to disappear.

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